Poohblah wrote:I'm sure is relatively low in umami; maybe some people will have more sensitivity to umami.
An excellent point. With all of my interest in the biological basis of cognition and behavior, I can't believe I hadn't considered that.
Interesting! That does resemble Yuuki-cha's Kirishima Zairai quite a bit. Thanks for the tip.
Not sure if you partaked in otti... but here is an asamushi that didn't strike me as having that much umami though I could be wrong and I think on some level umami is open to interpretation: (http://www.thes-du-japon.com/index.php? ... cts_id=185
However, this tea doesn't have a typical taste either... perhaps a little more fruity than your typical sencha. This is, however, a pretty potent tea and not light in flavor.
Oh, I love a potent sencha. That's been the one tradeoff with asamushi: the flavor is fantastic, but I often find myself using more leaf than with other, deeper-steamed senchas. It's kind of like a well-engineered music recording: the dynamic range is outstanding, but you often need to turn up the volume to appreciate the nuances.
Anyway, that Yamakai asamushi sounds very tasty. The promise of a 'fruity' note has me hovering my cursor over 'Add to Cart'.